Training and development (immunology)

This page provides useful information on the training and development for this specialty and also has tips for people at all stages of their training including medical school.

The approved postgraduate training programme for immunology is available from the GMC.

You will need to complete core training after your two-year foundation programme. Core training has a choice of two pathways:

Applicants for specialty training at ST3 should also hold the full MRCP (UK). Not all applicants who meet the required standard to continue will necessarily be offered a post due to the level of competition.

Trainees can enter specialty training in immunology at ST3 level. ST3 training takes a minimum of four years; but the Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC) advises applicants that it needs five years to achieve all the competencies set out in the curriculum.

The JRCPTB has detailed information on the curriculum and assessment for immunology.

Detailed entry requirements and all essential and desirable criteria are listed in the person specification 2017 for immunology ST3.

All 2017 person specifications can be found on the NHS specialty training website. Please note that these documents are updated every year in the autumn before the recruitment round opens.

This information is correct at the time of writing. Full and accurate details of training pathways are available from medical royal colleges or the GMC.

Getting in tips

It is important to develop your practical skills and interest in immunology as early as you can. This will also give you valuable experience to add to your CV.

Whether you're a medical student, foundation trainee or doing your core specialty training, there's information below to help you. 

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